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Volant Charitable Trust Small Grants Programme

Grant size Up to £5,000
All of Scotland
Key dates  
Application Deadline: Monday 10th June 2024 at midnight
Decisions will be communicated by: end of September/early October 2024

About this fund

In response to the current cost of living crisis, the Volant Charitable Trust is for the foreseeable future prioritising the focus of its awards on charities and organisations who are particularly addressing poverty and deprivation, helping to support vulnerable groups who are most affected, with an emphasis on women, children and young people.

Purpose of this fund

Your project must meet at least one of the specific themes below and ensure you read the corresponding list after each theme as this explains what will be considered for support.

 Project areas of interest, in order of priority, include: 

1. Poverty and deprivation (with an emphasis on women, children and young people): 
•    Support for vulnerable families facing extreme poverty 
•    Food provision and promotion of healthy eating in areas of extreme deprivation 
•    Mental health projects for vulnerable groups living in poverty. 

2. Women: 
•    Support for isolated and lone mothers 
•    Community integration support for black and minority ethnic women and children and asylum seekers 
•    Support services for women prisoners and their families 
•    Support for victims of sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, and those working in the sex industry 
•    Provision of antenatal and postnatal care for young mothers or those affected by postnatal depression. 

3. Children and Young people: 
•    Counselling for vulnerable children 
•    Support services and outreach projects for those who are disadvantaged or deemed to be ‘at risk’ through neglect, emotional and physical abuse, alcohol, or drug misuse. 

Additional criteria

You can apply for up to £5,000 for one year maximum.

You can apply for core and project costs.

There is an income cap of £350,000 as reflected in your most recent annual accounts.

If you are a current recipient of a Volant grant from the large, multi-year, programme then you are not eligible to apply to this programme.

If you have been previously rejected from the Volant large multi-year programme there is no time limit to re-apply provided your feedback does not prevent you due to being ineligible (and please note the difference in the amount you can request and the income cap between the two programmes).

Who can apply?

All applicants must fit Foundation Scotland's funding criteria. Before progressing with your application please visit our Common eligibility criteria

What can’t be funded?

Requests for capital projects (i.e. building/ground works, renovations/refurbs, purchasing large capital items/equipment).

Organisations with an annual income in the most recent annual accounts exceeding £350,000.

At Foundation Scotland we have some standard exclusions that apply to all funds. Before progressing with your application please visit What can't be funded.

How are decisions made?

Volant Charitable Trust Trustees make the final decisions on applications presented to them twice a year in April and October.  For more information on our decision making processes, please visit how funding decisions are made.

Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

Contact name

Conor Cross, Philanthropy Manager